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Contributing Editor RYAN HOFFMAN Design Team Manager AFTON POSPISILOVA Art Direction & Design MALISA SAMSEL Contributing Writers CLAIRE CUDAHY KRISTIN FENCL ANTHONY GENTILE AMELIA RICHMOND CASSELL VON BAEYER Contributing Photographers ROBERT ALLEN RACHID DAHNOUN VANCE FOX COURT LEVE MAT T PALMER CHRIS TALBOT RACHAEL WOODS Swift Communications Resort Operations GM JIM MORGAN

This homesite designed by Dennis E. Zirbel in Martis Camp is a classic mountain-style residence with contemporary architectural elements. photo: vance fox

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10 PROPER PLANNING

16 LET’S GO TUBBIN’

Strong summer sales mark solid first three quarters of 2016 Try some fun ideas this winter to spruce up your master suite

Personality in your home’s most popular room is important

Looking to buy in 2017? There are plenty of things to keep in mind

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Heavenly resort to open first-ever ski-in, ski-out co-working space

Learn some tricks of the trade from Truckee architect Dennis Zirbel Breaking down how to get the right hot tub for your mountain home

Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Lake Tahoe Action Publisher ROB GALLOWAY Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza Co-GM BEN ROGERS Advertising Executives ERIC ANDERSEN AARON BRYSON MICHELLE GEARY SUSAN KOKENGE CAROLAN LACROIX Distribution CARLA MCKEE

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Lake Tahoe Home is a product of the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. All content is copyrighted, December 2016. Lake Tahoe Home strives for accuracy and is not responsible if certain information changes after publication. Unless otherwise indicated, all photography in this magazine is property of Swift Communications, the parent company of Colorado Mountain News Media, Sierra Nevada Media Group and Lake Tahoe Home.


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SUITE DREAMS Master the art of renovating your master bedroom in the new year by KRISTEN FENCL

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doesn't offer you a respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, then now's the time to transform it. The new year is right around the corner and filled with wonderfully exciting and new possibilities. The time and money you consider investing now will definitely pay off in big dividends in your future - especially because your bedroom redecorating project might just mean that you'll find yourself being just a little happier, a bit more joyful, and most importantly at peace with yourself and your surroundings. Decorating your master bedroom is probably more fun than decorating any other room in your home. Why? Because it's the one room in your home that you can truly allow your personality to shine. Remember, this is your space, and you deserve the best. And, as with every decorating project, first things first - it's important to develop a decorating plan that fits your needs, your lifestyle and most importantly your pocketbook.

Step #2: Look at your bedroom space with a "critical" eye. Ask your8

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This master bedroom on Saddlehorn Drive in Incline Village has been re-mastered, so to speak, into a fun, modern feel.

self, can your bedroom, with your given amount of space, accommodate all of the activities you listed. Step #3: Think about "coloring your world" - especially your soon to be redesigned master bedroom. One of your first priorities is locking in a color scheme. Color sets the stage and provides harmony to everything else that will eventually find its way into your new bedroom. It's the backdrop that surrounds all of your furnishings, fabrics, accessories and lighting!

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Consider taking these three simple and easy steps: Step #1: Begin your project by visualizing, and then listing, all the types of activities you'll want to conduct in your "get-away" haven. Perhaps it's writing thoughtprovoking entries in your daily journal; reading your favorite books; knitting; needlework; watching old romantic movies on your TV/DVD player; or daily meditation. Whatever the activity, think through what types of things will make you the happiest in your new master bedroom retreat.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kristen Fencl is an award winning professional interior decorator and owner of the Incline Village branch of Decorating Den Interiors.Visit decdens.com/kristenf to learn more.

The same home in Incline Village reveals a bright and brilliant kitchen remodel.

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KITCHEN CONNECTION Add some personality to perhaps the most important room in your mountain home this winter by KRISTEN FENCL

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kitchen remodeling - or new design project does more than function well for the homeowner. It has personality! Your kitchen should become a gathering spot, a cook's oasis, even a mission control for a busy family. Kitchens are truly a full-fledged living space - deserving of its own

memorable style and personality. Individuality is the earmark of a room with personality. So, in composing the design elements of a kitchen's style, I suggest you trust your own instincts and put your imagination into overdrive. Are you a clean-counter type person, or do you truly enjoy showing off cherished collectibles? The mood of your kitchen

should make you and your family happy. And if your kitchen space is open to other living spaces, it's important that you consider complementing your kitchen style with those rooms as well. Whatever your style, call on design elements such as color, fabric, surface materials, lighting, art and one of a kind accents to create your own personal touch.

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THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS by CASSELL VON BAEYER

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we hope will be the beginning of big snow, happy skiers and the second selling season for real estate in the Lake Tahoe region. Winter is a great time to buy in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Whether you are looking to purchase a new primary residence or just a vacation home, there are a number of legal issues that you will want to consider. 1. TRPA/Building Restrictions The Tahoe Basin is under the jurisdiction of a bi-state federal agency known as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). TRPA’s mission is, primarily, to preserve the environmental health and sustainability of the Lake Tahoe region. TRPA has the authority to establish and enforce land use planning, building and development restrictions. The TRPA code may limit a homeowner’s ability to build, remodel, landscape and otherwise improve their property. If you are purchasing within the jurisdiction of TRPA, it is important that you understand what you can and cannot do with your property with regard to improvements and the timelines for permitting and/or building within the Tahoe Basin. Certain activities like grading and digging are generally prohibited Oct. 15 through April 30. If your property is within

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For example, one area in which the TRPA can provide guidance is how long you can have Christmas lights on a lakefront property after the holidays.

a scenic corridor or within a sensitive zone (like a stream zone), you may be subject to additional TRPA oversight. TRPA does not make redevelopment, remodeling or improvement impossible, but it is important that you be aware that TRPA restrictions may impact your intended use of your new property. There is a great deal

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of information available on the TRPA website: www.trpa.org. 2. Homeowners’ Associations If you are looking at purchasing a condominium or townhome that is within a homeowners’ association, you should carefully review any applicable Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs). The CCRs will dictate any use

3. Title Report/Title Insurance An often-overlooked document in the mountain of paperwork that you wade through when purchasing a home is the preliminary title report issued by the title company in preparation for the issuance of title insurance at the close of escrow. The title report provides a list of recorded documents that will be excluded from title insurance coverage. It is very important to review this list of exceptions and exclusions. Often you will see easements affecting the property or any recorded use restrictions (like CCRs), and sometimes you may see issues relating to TRPA building covenants or restrictions. The title insurance policy that you obtain will not insure against loss resulting from a claim that is related to a title condition that was listed on the exceptions list. More importantly, certain title conditions can impact your intended use of the property (for example, if there is a public easement for beach

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restrictions on your property. For many second-home buyers in Tahoe, rental restrictions are very important. Some associations may limit the length of rentals or prohibit them entirely. If you are intending to rent out your new house as a vacation rental or on a longer-term basis, you should carefully review the CCRs for provisions relating to rentals. It is also important that you understand if you will be required to pay monthly assessments, whether there are any planned or pending special assessments and the general financial health of the association, which should be evident in the operating and reserve budgets and financial reports.

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access that goes right by your new master bedroom window ... you may want to know about that). It may be possible to remove some title exceptions and/or to insure around others. You may want to seek legal counsel to understand the impact and possible removal of certain types of exceptions. Your Realtor should be able to guide you on when it is advisable to seek legal counsel to assist with title issues. 4. California Versus Nevada? While the Tahoe Basin is one big beautiful region, there is one major tax difference that should be pointed out in case you are not already aware: The State of California has individual and corporate state income tax, while the State of Nevada does not. When buying a second home that is intended for your

Truckee/Tahoe area has many excellent Realtors ... and a few that may not be quite so excellent. Choose an agent/broker by asking questions of both the Realtor and people who you may know in the community. Realtors who live and work full time in the community, and have for some time, are going to understand the many unique aspects of home-ownership in Tahoe, such as why you want to think twice about a long, steep north-facing driveway or when you should investigate your grand remodel plans with TRPA. Many of the communities around the lake and in the Truckee area have a local Board of Realtors. They can often be found online and may be a useful place to do a little research. The Truckee/Tahoe Area is an amazing region rich

IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT PURCHASING A CONDOMINIUM OR TOWNHOUSE THAT IS WITHIN A HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY REVIEW ANY APPLICABLE COVENANTS, CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS.” personal vacation use, this may not be an important issue. However, if you are intending your new Tahoe home to be your new primary residence, it is worthy of consideration. Additionally, if you intend to rent out your property, thereby generating income, the rental income is likely to be subject to income tax - not such a big deal if you are already a California state taxpayer, but if you are a Nevada resident, you may be subjecting yourself to California income tax on that rental income. It’s all food for thought, and depending on circumstances, a reason to get in touch with your tax professional for guidance. 5. Real Estate Agents As with any community, the

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD Lake Tahoe welcomes ski-in, ski-out coworking space at Heavenly Mountain Resort by CLAIRE CUDAHY

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commute to work was a ride up the gondola, and your commute home a skiride down the mountain? Snow enthusiasts can make that dream a reality following the recent opening of Tahoe Mountain Lab’s second coworking space at the top of the hill at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The ski-in, ski-out coworking space, located in Lakeview

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Lodge at the top of the California Tram, is the first of its kind in Lake Tahoe. With 16 desks, high-speed internet and storage lockers, the office is intended for people who need to hammer out a few hours of work while out enjoying a day on the slopes - a concept Tahoe Mountain Lab cofounder David Orr knows all too well. “I was snowboarding at Heavenly last year, when youknow-what hit the proverbial fan.

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I was on the phone trying my best to put out fires, but it was difficult,” said Orr while dressed in snow gear at the Mountain Lab where he was squeezing in a few hours of work before an afternoon of shredding. “Reception was spotty on the mountain, and finding a quiet place to talk was nearly impossible. I thought to myself, if only Heavenly had a place like Mountain Lab to get an hour or two of work done.

“Little did I know, some of the folks running Heavenly had the exact same idea. Tahoe Mountain Lab jumped at the opportunity to bring coworking spaces to the slopes and work with such a prestigious brand as Vail [Resorts].” Tahoe Mountain Lab has seen rapid growth since February 2014 when cofounders David and Jamie Orr and then-partner Jesse Walker established its original 2,400-square-foot

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location on Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. With a membership of 30, the private offices and coworking space filled up quickly over the next few months and a waiting list was started. Just over a year later, the Orrs formed a new partnership with Bernard and Cristi Creegan and purchased a 12,000-square-foot building that housed the offices of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. After extensive renovations, the new location opened its doors this May. Tahoe Mountain Lab now has a membership of 130 freelancers, remote workers, and employees of roughly 50 different businesses. The “Lakeview Lodge” location of Tahoe Mountain Lab opened its doors in late December, and is geared more toward tourists with an hourly rate of $20, compared to the “Harrison Avenue” location which offers several different booking options, such as daily, part-time and full-time.

Users of Heavenly’s coworking space will also be required to purchase a lift ticket in addition to a Mountain Lab pass. “Heavenly is really smart in recognizing the way the world works now. Even when you’re on vacation, you’re not really leaving your work behind. There are meetings and things that you are expected to participate in even when you are on vacation,” explained Orr, who has roots in startups across Silicon Valley. Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly Mountain Resort, said the new coworking space is “bringing the ski and tech industries together in an unparalleled mountain experience.” “Teaming up with the Tahoe Mountain Lab, we are creating a workspace for professionals who are looking to create a ‘work hard, play hard’ environment that combines skiing and riding with work obligations,” expressed Sonntag. “We’re really excited about it,” added Orr.

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Truckee architect Dennis E. Zirbel by ANTHONY GENTILE

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Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect, designed this residence that appears to grow from the water on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. left: The staff of

Truckee-based Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect, on the steps of the firm’s office: Zirbel (middle) along with David Espinoza (top left), Rodrigo Ferreira (top right), and Natalie Zirbel (bottom right).

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both California and Nevada, and has designed or worked on more than 18 resort and recreation facilities and more than 250 residences during that time - all with a unique character and feel. “We’ve never done the same structure using the same set of drawings - we feel that every home site and every client deserves its own structure,” Zirbel said. “We are very sitespecific and client-specific on all of our designs, and we spend a lot of time in design.” The North Shore firm recently began offering full interior

design services, expanding its concepts beyond the structure and exterior of a project. These services include space planning, finishes, furnishing and lighting selections, art and decor selections, custom window treatments, color consultation, and kitchen and bath design. “Our philosophy is that when you’re designing a structure or a place, it needs to reflect the place that it’s in - both inside and out,” Zirbel said. “We study the natural environment and historical patterns of development for an area.”

PHOTOS: VANCE FOX // LEFT: PHOTO: COURT LEVE / DENNIS E. ZIRBEL, ARCHITECT

architecture, Dennis E. Zirbel has a passion for design. For the long-time Tahoe architect and his firm located in historic downtown Truckee, that’s where every project starts. “We’re a designoriented firm and a service-oriented firm,” said Zirbel, a Truckee native. “It doesn’t matter what the project is, if someone is looking for design then we’re interested in it.” Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect, has been practicing in Tahoe for more than two decades. The firm is licensed in


The inside of this East Shore residence designed by Zirbel’s firm features picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.

Zirbel talked with Lake Tahoe Home to share his thoughts on mountain architecture and design, answering five questions below: lth : What advice would you give to someone thinking of remodeling their Tahoe home? dz : Hire an architect (laughs). You could have the same amount of materials and the same cost to put those materials in, but if you don’t start with a good design you’re just really throwing that money away. Going in and remodeling something doesn’t necessarily make it better just because it has new finishes. lth : What are some trends in architecture and design that people should consider in 2017? dz : We try to stay away from trends completely. We try to design things that are timeless and will not be considered trendy.

The kitchen and dining area inside a Martis Camp golf course residence designed by Dennis E. Zirbel.

WE TRY TO DESIGN THINGS THAT ARE TIMELESS AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED TRENDY.” -DENNIS E. ZIRBEL

lth : Have you seen any recent patterns in Tahoe interior design? dz : Before, everything was old Tahoe style. Now, there’s a lot more of a younger generation that is interested in having property in Tahoe. A lot of them come from the cities and they have a different, more contemporary aesthetic. It’s not a trend, but there is definitely an interest in

more contemporary “mountain modern” architecture in the area. lth : What do you like about working in mountain environments and communities? dz : One of the things that’s really cool is that we have snow loads in the environment, so you get to design homes to provide shelter and protect the occupants from the weather. Using large timber

or steel members because of the loads that you have up here, and being able to express that structure - that’s a really cool aspect here compared to somewhere with no snow load where you can span a beam for a mile. lth :

Is there a part of a house that you’re most excited about when envisioning a design? dz : We just love designing,

period. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog house or a library if someone wants it to look beautiful, feel great and have design then we would be happy to take on that project. To learn more about Dennis E. Zirbel, Architect, visit www.zirbelarchitect.com or call 530-582-8979. The firm’s studio is located at 10056 Spring St. in Truckee.

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Webetubbin'

Nothing tops a relaxing soak after a day on the ski slopes.

BOOST YOUR TAHOE MOUNTAIN HOME'S APPEAL IN THE WINTER WITH A HOT TUB

by AMELIA RICHMOND


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ot tubbing is

glorious in its simplicity. Remove cover. Soak. Relax. Owning a hot tub, however, is decidedly more complex. An internet search yields sci-fi worthy terms buyers should know, including “ozonator,” “brominator” and “dead air hot space.” While most hot tub owners love their spas, they’ll be quick to tell you that owning one is a commitment. Like a car, boat or furry companion, hot tubs require ongoing cleaning and maintenance to function properly, and there is a host of additional expenses to consider beyond the initial cost of the spa. But despite the effort, it can be all worth it to soak in deliciously hot water, drink in-hand as troubles and body aches fade away. Reported health benefits of hot tubs include improved blood flow, better sleep, stress release and relief from back and joint pain. Others use their spas to spend quality time with family or to improve the value of their rental home. But how to know which spa is right for you? For that we consulted the local experts. Mountain Home Center owner Tom Just has been matching Truckee/Tahoe homeowners with the hot tubs of their dreams for more than 30 years. He will tell you to avoid imitation stone siding on your hot tub (it doesn’t hold up well) and he’ll cheerfully talk you out of purchasing an LED television screen or stereo for your spa (water and electronics don’t mix well, and you shouldn’t stay in for very long anyway). His satisfaction stems from selling homeowners quality, reliable hot tubs that will hold up for years to come. Just cautions there is a lot to consider when buying a spa the two first questions being

size and budget. To gauge size, homeowners should consider who will regularly use the hot tub: a couple? Family? Multiple families? If the hot tub will be placed on a deck, available deck space should also be taken into account.

PAY NOW OR PAY LATER

Budget is the second major factor in determining which spa is right for you - keeping in mind maintenance and operating costs as well as the tub’s sticker price. A chain warehouse spa starting at $4,000 could cost up to $150 per month to operate, while a $7,000 spa may cost as little as $15 per month, making it possible to make up the price difference in energy savings in less than two years. Warranties, which can range from one to seven or more years depending on the manufacturer and model, speak to the quality of the spa and can save owners considerable cash down the road should something go wrong. “There’s a lot that goes into what it costs to own a tub beyond the initial investment,” says Just, noting that most costs are fixed whether you buy a cheap spa or invest in a high quality one. Hiring electricians to wire the spa, for instance, costs the same regardless of the model, as do crane fees to get the spa onto a raised deck. These additional costs become a factor again if a broken spa needs to be replaced without warranty. All to say, it’s better to do it right the first time.

KNOW WHERE IT’S GOING

It is critical to consider where the spa is going to live prior to making the purchase. If the hot tub is going to sit on a deck, it’s best to confirm with a structural engineer that the deck can sustain the added weight. An average four-person hot tub weighs around 5,000 pounds when full.

Homeowners will also need to factor in the cost of a crane to lift the spa onto the deck, which runs about $500 to $1,000, according to Tim Crowell, owner of Tahoe City’s Lake Level Crane Service. If the spa is going to be placed on the ground, it should sit on a flat, concrete slab. This ensures the hot tub remains stable as the ground beneath it freezes and thaws with the seasons, as well as helps to keep out any sand, which can cause serious damage to the spa.

BENEFITS OF BUYING LOCAL

Mountain Home Center is proud to sell Hot Springs spas made by Watkins Wellness, the world’s leading manufacturer of hot tubs. While every vendor will tout the benefits of their own spa manufacturer, the warranty plans and low energy use statistics for Hot Springs’ upper echelon of spas are solid. Even so, Mountain Home Center’s greatest advantage may not be the quality spas they sell, but their maintenance and service contracts that are available exclusively to their customers. Hot tub dealers are the ones responsible for a spa’s warranty, making it critical to purchase a spa from an easily accessible, reputable dealer. “It’s important to have a local service company that will stand behind their product,” says Just. “Folks have realized the benefit of having a local retailer who can also service their spa. We get to beta test what works and doesn’t work in snow country, and share that knowledge with our customers.”

SELF-CONTAINED VS. IN-GROUND SPAS

While self-contained hot tubs are the most popular choice, homeowners can also opt for

IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A LOCAL SERVICE COMPANY THAT WILL STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT.” - TOM JUST MOUNTAIN HOME CENTER


SEVEN HOT TUB BUYING MISTAKES ... AND HOW TO AVOID THEM MISTAKE #1: Focusing on price versus long-term efficiency and satisfaction

MISTAKE #2: Not investigating the structural integrity of the hot tub

MISTAKE #4: Not selecting the right hydrotherapeutic jet structure

MISTAKE #5: Not taking into consideration the area where your hot tub will be placed

MISTAKE #6: Overlooking the importance of the warranty

MISTAKE #7: Not choosing a reputable dealer and manufacturer

Source: Hydropool

custom in-ground spas. While considerably more expensive to install and operate, in-ground spas offer a sophisticated aesthetic that self-contained units can lack. “With in-ground spas, you’re looking at a piece of art,” says Zachary Allen of Robert Allen Pools and Spas. “There are a lot more options, from tile mosaic and different interior options to creative bench design. It’s a lot classier than a unit.” Based in Reno, Robert Allen Pools and Spas has built custom in-ground spas for clients in Martis Camp, Lahontan and around Lake Tahoe. Costs range from the upper $20,000s to $50,000 (compared to $15,000 for a top of the line self-contained unit), and operating costs can run up to $200-$400 per month in winter. Given the high cost of operating and repairing in-ground spas, Tom Just has seen a number of homeowners rip out their inground spas and replace them

with self-contained units; however, it’s hard to compete with the beauty of a custom, in-ground spa, especially now that in-ground jet massage systems have improved over the past 10-15 years. Homeowners can also consider stainless steel and copper above-ground spas, which tout durability, bacteria resistance and a sleek, modern aesthetic. “Custom, above ground spas are another great option for those looking for a luxury look,” said Justine Macfee of

Truckee’s Catherine Macfee Interior Design, who has worked on custom spa projects in Lake Tahoe and beyond.

IT’S NOT A HOT TUB, IT’S A LIFESTYLE

Whichever the right spa is ultimately the right choice, it’s safe to say it will be calling your name after a day on the slopes or stressful day at work. And as stars shine bright in the cold, winter sky, you’ll be gazing from a swirling pool of soothing heat.

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MISTAKE #3: Underestimating the amount of required maintenance

Whether in summer (above) or winter (right), a Tahoe hot tub is always a good choice.


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SIERRA FUN

Nestled among the trees, Sugar Bowl’s snowbound village offers a more intimate take on ski resort villages.

THE TAHOE ALPS Dine, stay and play at some of Lake Tahoe's Alps-inspired locales

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h e e a r ly years of

Tahoe’s winter sports history are riddled with the names of ski luminaries from the European Alps who called California home. From international downhill champions and decorated war heroes to the world’s top ski instructors of the time, our region’s winter landscape was transformed by skiers from Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland who brought a piece of their Alpine legacy to Tahoe - where it remains today.

Early Years Hannes Schroll, Émile Allais and Jo Marillac were three of Europe’s ski legends who made their homes in North Lake Tahoe prior to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. 20

The Chalet at Alpine Meadows offers Alps-inspired cuisine for lunch and moonlit snowshoe tours and dinners.

A lucky thing they did, as it is unlikely the region would have secured the Games without them. Schroll was 28 when he was invited by fellow Austrian Bill Klein to look at a future ski area on Donner Summit in 1937, and he was named president of the new Sugar Bowl Corporation the following year.

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The resort opened as the region’s first major ski area in 1939 with a chairlift carrying skiers up Mount Disney and to a Bavarian-style base lodge. “Sugar Bowl is, and always will be, about people who love skiing. Hannes Schroll understood that when he first stood at the base of Mount Lincoln one summer weekend in 1937, envisioning an alpine village not unlike his parents’ home in the Austrian Tyrol,” said Peter Avedschmidt, Sugar Bowl Resort’s marketing and sales manager. “Four generations of skiers have called Hannes Schroll’s place in the Sierra Nevada their winter home.” 1960 Winter Olympics A decade after Sugar Bowl’s

first lift started spinning, Squaw Valley co-founder Alex Cushing hired French skiing luminary Émile Allais to open and operate the new resort’s ski school. When Émile left the region a few years later to coach the French National Ski Team, he handed the ski school’s reigns over to his longtime friend Jo Marillac, who would prove instrumental in securing the bid for the 1960 Winter Olympics, forever changing winter sports in California. A respected war hero with the French Resistance, Marillac used his contacts in the French government to win the support of the International Federation of Skiing and the International Olympic Committee delegates, ultimately turning Cushing’s

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pipe dream of hosting the Winter Olympic Games into a reality. Post-Olympic Legacy The post-Olympic boom brought to town a new wave of European skiers, who, with marked tenacity and dedication, helped build and expand Tahoe’s ski areas. Hans Burkhart grew up in Germany, and first came to North America to work on Canada’s first gondola. Burkhart was hired by Squaw Valley in 1962 and went on to supervise the installation of the resort’s Garaventa cable car and many of the chairlifts spinning today as Squaw Valley’s mountain manager and later as president. “Cushing needed someone to oversee maintenance of that first gondola, and when he asked for a recommendation of a man for the job, the manufacturer pointed uphill to Burkhart, who was hanging upside down over a cliff with a drill in his hand,” wrote Nancy Cushing, Alex Cushing’s wife, in a publication celebrating Squaw Valley’s fiftieth anniversary. Tactical And Operational Visionaries “People like Alex Cushing, Dave McCoy and John Riley were the strategic visionaries who conceived and built Squaw Valley, Mammoth and Alpine Meadows,” said Mike Livak, executive vice president at Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. “Guys like Hans Burkhart, Hardy Herger, Dick Reuter, Norm Saylor and Luggi Foeger were a few of the tactical

and operational visionaries who actually built and operated the stuff of dreams in early California skiing.” Hardy Herger, born in Urnerboden, Switzerland, a village with a then-population of 250 in the Swiss Alps, came to Squaw Valley in 1968 to serve as the lead electrician on the Aerial Tram. Herger remained part of the Squaw Valley team until his death in 2012 and was responsible for implementing innovative hydronic systems such as the one designed to take the heat out of the ice rink at High Camp and use it warm the swimming pool. Austrian Luggi Foeger was an acclaimed international competitor and 10th Mountain Division veteran who went on to head the ski schools at Badger Pass, Sugar Bowl and Alpine Meadows. Foeger also helped design Northstar California and Diamond Peak, where as general manager he installed the first naming system in the Sierra Nevada. His award-winning ski slope layout for Diamond Peak, known then as Ski Incline, was designed to protect the natural environment while also creating terrain that catered to those new to the sport. The list of Europeans who built our mountain resorts and inspired the Tahoe lifestyle goes on, including many legends still in our community today.. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is one of Tahoe’s many resorts featuring expansive, high-alpine skiing and riding, some of which was inspired by Eurpoean residents from decades ago.

The legacy of the European skiers who made their homes in Tahoe lives on in the region’s restaurants and recreation. Experience a taste of Tahoe’s Alpine history this winter with these Alps-inspired experiences.

DINE P F E I F E R H O US E No list of European dining in the Tahoe area would be complete without mention of the Pfeifer House, located a quarter mile north of Tahoe City. One of the region’s oldest restaurants, the Pfeifer House features a cozy, fireside atmosphere with old world charm. Friendly, dirndl-clad waitresses serve menu favorites including escargots Bourguignon, Hungarian beef goulash and a variety of delectable schnitzel dishes. Locals flock to the restaurant’s Happy Hour Wednesday through Sunday from 5-7 p.m. Mains from $19-$40. learn more: pfeiferhouse.com. M O O N L I T S N OWS H O E TO UR & D I N N E R As the moon rises over the mountains, diners can experience a snowshoe tour to Alpine Meadows’ mid-mountain Chalet. The evening consists of an intimate seated dinner with an Alps-inspired menu, including potato cheese soup, chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. Alpine Meadows’ Moonlit Snowshoe Tour and Dinners are held on select dates throughout the winter, with the next on Jan. 16. The resort will also host two Valentine’s Day dates on February 13 and 14. $69 for adults, $35 for children under nine. learn more: squawalpine.com. H I M M E L H AUS South Lake Tahoe’s Himmel Haus is a festive German restaurant and bierhaus offering over 30 imported German and Belgian beers, area-sourced Bavarian dishes and live music. Diners recommend the Schweins-Haxe or the sausage plate, which comes with mashed potatoes, pickles and sauerkraut for $10. The restaurant hosts open mic nights on Monday evenings and trivia nights on Wednesdays. Mains from $11 to $24. learn more: himmelhaustahoe.com

STAY

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S W I S S L A K E WO O D LO D GE Homewood’s Swiss Lakewood Lodge offers a cozy, log cabin atmosphere with Swiss dÈcor on Tahoe’s West Shore. Diners rave about the restaurant’s filet mignon with Gorgonzola, veal wiener schnitzel and oysters Rockefeller. According to their voicemail, the restaurant is closed for the remainder of the winter season and slated to reopen in May. Call 530-525-5211 for hours and pricing. C L A I R TA P PA A N LO D GE Nestled in the woods on historic Donner Pass, Clair Tappaan Lodge offers a rustic mountain retreat for snow enthusiasts. Accommodations are bunk-style with twinsized beds and communal bathrooms, and guests choose from single-gender dorms, private twin rooms, or larger family rooms. The lodge serves hearty, family-style meals every day, as well as a sandwich bar where guests prepare bag lunches

before embarking on the day’s adventures. Dorm beds starting at $35 per night. learn more: clairtappaanlodge.com. BACKCOUN T RY H UTS The Clair Tappaan Lodge also serves as a great starting point for a multi-day trek to one of the region’s four backcountry warming huts operated by the lodge. Nightly rates for the Benson, Bradley, Ludlow and Peter Grub Huts are $20 per person, reservations required. learn more: clairtappaanlodge.com/backcountry-huts LOST T R A IL LOD GE More plush than Clair Tappaan Lodge, but still off the beaten path, Lost Trail Lodge offers a winter escape like few others. In the winter, guests cross-country ski, snowshoe or skin the four miles from the trailhead to the lodge’s front door, where the cozy chalet awaits. Without the distraction of wifi or televisions, guests spend the days skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing in a winter wonderland or nestled inside in the lodge’s warmth playing music or board games. $220 per night for double occupancy, $99 per night for additional guests. Entire lodge rentals also available. learn more: losttraillodge.com

PLAY H IGH -A LPIN E SKIIN G & RID IN G Unlike the tree-lined runs most often associated with American ski areas, Lake Tahoe offers stunning, high-alpine terrain reminiscent of the slopes found in the Alps. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Kirkwood are each known for their expansive terrain where, unbeholden to trails, skiers and riders can explore open bowls and natural features. learn more: skilaketahoe.com. RECREAT ION AT T WO ELE VAT ION S As a result of Alex Cushing’s desire to model his resort after those of Europe, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows offers recreation at two elevations, including one of the nation’s highest open-air ice rinks and an outdoor swimming pool at 8,200 feet. The ice rink is open now, while the pool will open in March for spring skiing. learn more: squawalpine.com GUID ED BACKCOUN T RY SKIIN G Backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, long popular in Europe, are rapidly growing sports here at home. For those seeing to explore Tahoe’s terrain beyond resort boundaries, Alpine Skills International (ASI) and Alpenglow Expeditions are two outfitters currently offering backcountry ski tours, avalanche safety, and introduction to backcountry skiing courses. Learn more: alpineskills.com. Also, in partnership with Sugar Bowl Resort, ASI is leading an upcoming two-day trip to Lost Trail Lodge January 10-11, including two days of backcountry skiing off the Anderson Crest and a night at the lodge complete with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a hearty breakfast. Additional information about available ski tours and overnight trips is available on ASI’s website. learn more: alpenglowexpeditions.com.

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WINTRY WONDER A look at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, as seen from above Incline Village on the North Shore. At bottom right is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, and the main peak in the distance is the famed Mt. Tallac—all set amid the wintry beauty of Big Blue.

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